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Prince William and Princess Kate Visit Boston

As the monarchy transitions to a new era, the younger royals take center stage

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Prince and Princess of Wales attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 2.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine, both 40, enjoyed a whirlwind three-day visit to Boston which culminated Friday night with the second annual awards ceremony at MGM Music Hall for William’s passion project, the Earthshot Prize, in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

The charity, created by Prince William and the Royal Foundation in 2020, challenges entrepreneurs to find solutions to top environmental issues facing the world today. Five winners were awarded £1million prize money and access to a global support network to realize their visions.

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Several stars walked the “green” carpet (made of recyclable materials), including cohosts award-winning broadcaster Clara Amfo and Lost and Hawaii Five-O star Daniel Dae Kim, Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek, Catherine O’Hara of Schitt’s Creek fame and British soccer star David Beckham.

This was the first visit the royal couple have made to the U.S. since 2014, and the first since the death of William’s beloved grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in September. Many royal-watchers viewed the trip as an opportunity for the younger royals to pick up the scepter from the older generation and show a more modern, forward-thinking face to the monarchy.

Welcome to Boston

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales arrive at Logan International Airport on November 30, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area.
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Prince William and Princess Catherine presented a united — and smiling — front, with Catherine in an eye-catching dark purple pantsuit and a turtleneck with diamond drop earrings and William in a smart suit and tie. The prince shared a personal statement upon arrival, thanking the Boston citizens for their tributes to his late grandmother.

“My grandmother was one of life’s optimists. And so am I,” he wrote. “That is why last year we launched the Earthshot Prize with the ambition to create a truly global platform to inspire hope and urgent optimism as we look to save the future of our planet.

“To the people of Boston, thank you. I’m so grateful to you for allowing us to host the second year of the Earthshot Prize in your great city. Catherine and I can’t wait to meet many of you in the days ahead.”

Lighting Up the Night

(L-R) Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales join Governor Elect Maura Healy to kick off Earthshot celebrations by lighting up Boston at Speakerâ  s Corner by City Hall on November 30, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area.
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First stop: City Hall. The royal couple join Governor-elect Maura Healey in pushing a button to light up City Hall and several other landmarks throughout Boston in green. The Prince of Wales, who elicited cheers when he thanked “hardy Bostonians” for braving the rain, told the gathered crowd why Boston was the logical choice to host the second annual Earthshot event. “It was [President John F. Kennedy’s] “moon shot” speech that inspired me to launch the Earthshot Prize with the aim of doing the same for climate change as President Kennedy did for the space race,” he said. “And where better to hold this year’s awards ceremony than in President Kennedy’s hometown, in partnership with his daughter and the foundation that continues his legacy.”

Game Time

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales, watch the NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at TD Garden on November 30, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area.
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William and Catherine sat courtside at an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at TD Garden. The couple also met with representatives of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, a charitable initiative that allows the team to partner with nonprofits to provide services to at-risk children in the New England community.

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Leaning Green

Catherine, Princess of Wales arrives for her visit of Greentown Labs, North Americaâ  s largest clean-tech incubator, to learn more about how climate innovation is nurtured and scaled on December 01, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area.
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The Princess of Wales, in a berry-colored pantsuit and matching handbag, arrives Thursday for a visit to Greentown Labs, the largest climate tech startup incubator in North America.

Royal Revelers

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales during a visit to Roca, a non-profit organisation focusing on high-risk young people between the ages of 16-24 years old at the centre of urban violence on December 01, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area.
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Prince William and Princess Kate gather flowers from well-wishers during a trip to Roca, a nonprofit located in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Roca engages high-risk youths at the center of urban violence and works with police and other community leaders to help reduce trauma and incarceration while seeking long-term employment for the young adults.

Harbor View

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales speak with Mayor Michelle Wu and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as they visit east Boston to see the changing face of Boston’s shoreline as the city contends with rising sea levels on December 01, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area.
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William and Kate don overcoats and scarves to meet with Mayor Michelle Wu and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond (far right) in east Boston to discuss rising sea levels and the environmental impact on the Boston shoreline.

Children Are Our Future

Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales visits The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, as part of her ongoing work to elevate the importance of the early years to lifelong outcomes, on December 2, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area.
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Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales drops by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. The Center uses science-based innovation to develop policies and services focused on early learning for children to help achieve better life outcomes, an issue the princess champions.

Finding Inspiration

Britain's Prince William and U.S. Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President Kennedy, along with her children John and Tatiana Schlossberg tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Boston.
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While in Boston, Prince William takes in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum accompanied by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president, and her children Jack and Tatiana Schlossberg. William has said that JFK’s famous “moonshot” speech, which called upon the U.S. to be an international leader in space exploration, inspired him to create his Earthshot Prize to develop innovative solutions to fight climate change.

Biden in Boston

Prince William, Prince of Wales meets with US President Joe Biden at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area.
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Prince William greets President Joe Biden at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

Green Fashion

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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Prince William and Princess Kate were welcomed to the MGM Music Hall by cheering crowds. Kate took the green-focused event to the next level in a mint-green off-the-shoulder gown by Solace London rented from the British fashion marketplace HURR. She accessorized her ensemble with a sparkling emerald choker that belonged to the late Princess Diana. William sported a classic black tux for the ceremony. In remarks during the ceremony, the prince praised the Earthshot solutions, and added, “The decisions we make now will affect generations to come.”

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Annie Lennox performs during the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway, in Boston, Massachusetts, during which the 2022 winners will be unveiled. Picture date: Friday December 2, 2022. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Music legend Annie Lennox, 67, a fervent environmentalist and activist, performed during the second annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at the MGM Music Hall in Boston.

Dynamic Duo

Earthshot Prize 12/4 Twitter post of 2022 awards ceremony hosts Daniel Dae Kim and Clara Amfo
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Cohosts of the glam event were British radio broadcaster Clara Amfo (her second time hosting the gala) and Lost and Hawaii Five-O star Daniel Dae Kim, 54.

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A Rosey Outlook

Catherine O'Hara and Bo Welch attend the The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Schitt’s Creek’s Catherine O'Hara, 68, who attended the event with her husband Bo Welch, donned a blue and black floral suit for her part as one of the evening’s honored presenters.

Bedecked Beckham

David Beckham attends The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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Soccer superstar David Beckham, 47, a longtime friend of the royal family, was a late addition to the presenter lineup. Beckham, who looked dashing in a classic black tux, said he was honored to be invited by Prince William to participate in the event, which focuses on rethinking how to address the planet’s biggest environmental challenges. “I’m an optimist, because humans are capable of great creativity when we collaborate.”

Crisis Management

Actor Rami Malek arrives for the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony at the MGM Music Hall, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
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Rami Malek, another of the evening’s presenters, called the environmental issues “the greatest crisis of our lifetime.” The No Time to Die actor noted that he appreciated Prince William’s efforts to find alternative methods to solve the major issues. “In the next 10 years, I think the impact will be staggering,” he said. “And we can really effect change in the greatest way with these innovators who are being awarded this evening.”

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